Game of Thrones’ showrunners have broken their silence on the final season and the “embarrassment” of the coffee cup mistake. The controversial and divisive last chapter saw its share of issues. Earlier this year, Dan Weiss and David Benioff planned to attend 2019 San Diego Comic-Con after it aired. They ended up not going. Many cast members still went and discussed the season.
In a new interview, Game of Thrones' showrunners address the mess-up that was that much-speculated-about rogue coffee cup. They also talk about the final season and the show’s record-breaking Emmy nominations. First things first, it is time for some coffee chat. On that mistake, Dan Weiss and David Benioff told BS10 Star Channel:
How they missed it is a question they acknowledge asking. Initially, HBO was quick to handle the coffee cup mistake. They offered a great reaction and then quickly edited it out of the scene. Since it happened, it also got a response from Emilia Clarke.
Of course, the internet never forgets. So it has remained an unintentional yet highly memorable part of Game of Thrones’ final season.
Unfortunately for Game of Thrones and its showrunners, it was not the first error of its kind. A water bottle showed up in the series finale, and there was also an error with Jaime’s hand. Neither got as much attention as the supposed Starbucks cup did.
There was also the issue of Game of Thrones’ much-anticipated battle being challenging to see. That did bother Dan Weiss quite a bit, according to Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Enough about the lows. Game of Thrones’ showrunners also discussed the Emmy nominations the final season received. Dan Weiss and David Benioff said:
I hope the cast and crew get to celebrate a few wins. Game of Thrones’ record-breaking amount of nominations include stars who submitted themselves for consideration. Among them was Outstanding Supporting Actress nominee Gwendoline Christie, who was fond of her character’s last line.
Not discussed in the clip is the showrunners’ reaction to the backlash against the season as a whole. A response that culminated in a petition that was signed by over a million people. After the season ended, HBO’s president of programming, Casey Bloys, commented on the highly-publicized petition.
In a final season that received ample criticism, there is one aspect that many fans will probably agree with David Benioff about. The Game of Thrones showrunner acknowledged a Season 8 scene that stands out for him. Benioff said:
I have to agree about that scene’s emotional impact. Hence, the thrill of Gwendoline Christie’s nomination. Fans will have to wait and see how her nomination turns out when the Emmys air on September 22.
Game of Thrones’ showrunners have already plotted their next move professionally. They signed a deal with Netflix and have their own Star Wars franchise project in the works. You can watch Dan Weiss and David Benioff’s interview below, including their set visit from Star Wars icon George Lucas:
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